Thursday, 28 July 2011

Life's just peachy.

So, bought a few more bits and pieces today, so will update that in a second.

Firstly, I had a very yummy breakfast today. Well, it was around 11AM, so I'm not sure if that's not technically breakfast, but still. 

Porridge with the last of the blueberries, sliced peach and a glass of grapefruit juice. 

I love the fruit you can get in the summer; blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, melon - delicious! 

I popped to Sainsbugs this afternoon for a few things:
- one white loaf - £1
- 4 peaches - £1
- one blueberry muller corner - 61p
- salad bag - £1.50
Total: £4.11

So, the grocery total for this week now stands at £17.38. Not too shabby! 

I've spent the afternoon with a friend helping her clear her garden, and spending time with her gorgeous little boy in the sunshine.

Summer 2011 is turning out to be pretty good, so far. 

N xxx

Monday, 25 July 2011

Week Three.

Things have been so hectic lately, I've not had a moment to think! 

We're on the third week of trying to keep our food budget under £30. This week is slightly different. The haddock we had for tea this evening was given to us by my grandparents, with leftover veg. We're going to a friend's house for tea tomorrow, so haven't needed to buy anything for that. Wednesday and Thursday I'm doing a fruit juice detox, which includes only fruit juice, green tea and water for 48 hours, so I have only had to buy some fruit juice. This weekend we are going to a family wedding, so are away Saturday and Sunday, so it's left us with very little to actually buy!

So, our receipt for this week:
- bottle of water - 60p
- 2 quiches - £3
- Grapefruit juice - £1.60
- Tomato and mascapone sauce - £1.26
- Pizza - £2
- Blueberries (reduced) - 87p
- spaghetti - 78p
- 5 bananas - 76p
- Cucumber - 40p
- 1 x white loaf - £1
- Skips - £1

Total : £13.27


Our food menu for the week looks like:
Monday (today) - haddock with roast vegetables with an orange and honey sauce
Tuesday - out for tea :)
Wednesday - pizza (oh), juice (me)
Thursday - quiche with salad (oh), juice (me)
Friday - meatballs with spaghetti and tom sauce (oh), soup (me, from cupboard)

Our tea was very nice, especially as the fish was given to us for free!

The only problem is I love roast veg, and can never judge the portion - oops! Still, definitely got our 5-a-day today. 

N xxx

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

healthy steps and a freebie!

So, yesterday I had chicken soup for tea, which wasn't particularly exciting, so didn't take a pic of that. Today was slightly better, as all these ingredients went into our evening meal:

We had veg stir fry, which was served with some rice [not shown]. I was going to take a pic of the end result, but then forgot as was busy eating! =D

We were also lucky, as we got given some free veg yesterday in the form of a small courgette and some broad beans (in their pods):

The courgette was a nice addition to the stir fry, and I shall have the broad beans as a snack tomorrow, as OH doesn't like them! These were from a friend's garden, and were very much appreciated :) 

And, a walk on a lovely evening is good for blowing away the cobwebs :) 

N xxx

Monday, 11 July 2011

small comforts.

One of my favourite meals in the world is chicken fajitas. They are pretty simple to make, fairly cheap and really yummy.  In fact, I would eat this every week, if I could get the idea approved by my OH :) 

Here are my two fajitas on the plate, waiting for salad to be added. Inside these are just chicken, some onion, orange pepper and spinach, along with the seasoning - yum! 

Also this evening I have baked a tea loaf from ingredients in the store cupboard; this will be used for snacks/puddings for OH. I'm hoping not to eat any, as I'm trying to lose weight. I'm not promising anything though! 

Day one of this week has gone well - I haven't spent anything today.

N xxx

Sunday, 10 July 2011

the food receipt, week one.

So, first week trying to stay within £30 on the food budget. We popped to do our food shopping today, and we got the following:
- 1 tin chicken soup - 74p
- 4 x branston beans - £1.50
- 2 x peach barley water - £2
- 2 x white onions - 48p
- salad cream - £2.09
- 2 x carrots - 14p
- 2 x orange pepper - £1.60
- 2 x baking potato - 79p
- broccoli - 70p
- baby spinach - £1.25
- bananas - £1
- 2 x chicken breasts (value) - £2
- mushrooms - 84p
- cashew nuts - £1
- crispy chicken - £2
- fajita mix - 59p
- tortillas - £1
- 2 x hovis loaves - £2
- pepperoni pizza - £1.79

Total: £23.51

Now, some of the things on that list will be used in different weeks - for example there are 4 pieces of crispy chicken, so there will be 2 left over for another week. Also, the salad cream will last longer than this week. The branston beans were on offer, so they'll last us a while. The pizza is for the other half, when he's at work late, so it's something easy for him to pop in the oven. If I were better at this, I'd have pizza dough ready made in the freezer, but I'm not. Likewise the bread, other half has 2 sandwiches a day for his lunch or tea, and again if I was better, they would be in homemade bread. But, I'm only just starting out, so baby steps. 

The menu for the week looks like this:
Today (sun) - lamb chops (from freezer) with mustard mash, carrots, with a red wine (left over) and mushroom sauce.
Monday - chicken fajitas with salad 
Tuesday - Meatballs with tomato sauce and spaghetti (him), soup (me)
Wednesday - Veg stir fry with rice
Thursday - Pizza (him), soup (me, from store cupboard)
Friday - crispy chicken, chips and beans (him), egg on toast (me)

Now, the salad, meatballs, spaghetti, rice, soup and eggs are all things we have in already, but that's part of the challenge. Another thing to aim for is that we never chuck any food out, and incorporate leftovers into the next day meals - so we're doing that. 

Overall, pretty pleased so far. Just realised that I forgot to get tomatoes though! D'oh!

N xx

Friday, 8 July 2011

a healthy breakfast.

Most mornings, I have a smoothie of some sorts.

Take some fruit and chop up. In this case, banana with strawberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.

Add some milk.

Whizz up :)


A yummy, fairly cheap, filling breakfast. A good way of getting some of your 5-a-day too :)

N xx